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First-ever legit reissue of this title. In the late 1960s, there was an adventurous psychedelic band called The Blossom Toes, who released a couple of albums that were good, but, from all reports, never captured their real greatness. Eventually they br...

One of the greatest and certainly most fun releases of the US new wave scene of the late 70s. This was their first album and everything is in place; the Mosrite surf guitar sound, the rock-solid beat, the chirpy female vocals and Fred's deadpan delivery. Solid as a rock and ten times as much fun!

"Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late '70s, the B-52's' eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar...

Their second album. It isn't quite as great as their first because you can't improve upon perfection, but it's still damn great.

"Conventional wisdom has it that all the B-52's' subsequent releases are highly inferior to their debut. While Wild Planet is not the rarefied wonder their first platter is, it's still darn good. The songs here are generally faster, tighter, and punchier than previously, though production values are not as wonderfully quirky and detailed; fewer songs here are as...

“After a sixteen year recording hiatus, the unusual pair of Ab Baars (sax & clarinet) & Terrie Ex (guitar for The Ex) are finally together again in the studio. Terrie, wicked grin, tilting his head like a dog hearing an instruction to back off, jumps straight out of a favorite children’s book. The Menace from Wormer. And Ab, stepping right out of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age. Nothing if not a gentleman: impeccably dressed, soft-spoken, well-mannered. An unlikely match if ever there was one. And yet...”-Guy Peters

“Baba Commandant And The Mandingo Band return with their second album, Siri Ba Kele. After the Afro-beat fury of their first album Juguya (2015), the band has now distilled a potent mix of traditional and modern Burkinabe funk with a reverent take on the iconic Mandingue guitar music of the 1970's. Mamadou Sanou (Baba Commandant) leads the band with a confidence earned from years of toiling in the DIY underground of the West African music scene. His riveting growl and main instrument, the doso n'goni....

Amazing things still can be found and rescued from the wastebins of history. This is pretty medium to top drawer psychedelic rock from 1969, with English vocals and certainly was good enough to have found a home in 1969 had they had a bit more luck....

Tzadik is proud to present three world premiere recordings and a critically acclaimed classic by one of the worlds greatest living composers. For almost six decades Milton Babbitt has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary composition creating a u...

You know Matt Baber as the keyboardist of Sanguine Hum and Antique Seeking Nuns.
Here he shows his talents in a very different style that will appeal to fans of folks like Harold Budd, Steve Reich, Erik Satie, etc. Completely different from what you known him for doing and equally wonderful!
He describes it "as a minimalist modern classical solo piano album but set against backdrops of rhythmic/ambient electronica."...

Jeff Babko (Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3, Synthesizers, noises); Jeff Coffin (tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, percussion); Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums, percussion, cymbals)

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This reissues an rather well known, 1978 self-released lp by a very theatrical, Genesis-influenced band from Florida. The influences show, but this is still quite aok!.

"I can't wait. I should have reviewed other albums before this but it's the first thing that I listen from this artist and I wasn't expecting anything like this. Symphonic orchestral arrangements on melodic bases and a concept behind. I'm not expert in...

This is the third album from this 70s-style Italian progressive rock band, who draw their main inspiration from early 70s style 'progressive hard rock' sounds, but also include some nice flute and sax passages to mix it up and keep it proggy. You can...

This is the second album by this Rock Progressivo Italiano outfit, originally released in 2008.

"The second album of this wonderful Italian progressive rock group holds yet stronger theme album architecture, and develops the elements from their debut album to more sophisticated directions. A fusion of European classical music, psychedelic heavy rock music of 60's/70's, traditional acoustic folk music and passionate singing in Italian tradition unite as outstanding recording. When comparing to...

This is the debut album by this Rock Progressivo Italiano outfit, originally released in 2004.

"Il Bacio della Medusa is an Italian prog band from Umbria that was formed in 2002 by Simone Cecchini (vocals, 6 & 12 acoustic guitar, mandolin, charango), Federico Caprai (bass) and Diego Petrini (drums, organ, keyboards, piano, vibraphone, percussion). In December 2003 Simone Brozzetti (guitar) and Eva Morelli (flute) joined the band and in 2004 they released their eponymous debut album....

“One of the most important bands of the Italian progressive rock scene, Il Bacio della Medusa from Perugia, interrupt a few years silence - "Deus lo vult" was released in 2012, and recently reissued by AMS Records along with the other two chapters in the group's discography - with a live album that returns the energy and the elegance of the band on stage, especially for those who have never had occasion to see them in such circumstances. This album, simply entitled "Live", was recorded at the Perugia...

"Argentina’s Bad Dreams started out life as a bit of a Genesis tribute band. After 10 years of that, they moved into doing their own material. Their new album “Chrysalis” still owes plenty to classic Genesis: musically, vocally, and melodically. While I wouldn’t call the album a Genesis clone, it certainly has the feel of what Genesis might sound like had the original five tried their hand at a new album....
Overall, “Chrysalis” is an album that neo-prog fans will no doubt exalt. Bad Dreams don’t...

Whether or not you bought into the hype that surrounded this fine group (the hype mostly because they were signed to a major label) the fact remains that they are a modern-sounding but still *jazz* piano trio and they appeal to a young audience...

Yes, this is the 'jazz piano trio' doing a (very, very credible and well considered) interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring and it's pretty fantastic by any standard, imo...

"The easier Badger album to find, and the one worth having anyway. As the album's title indicates, the band also took the unusual step of making their first album a live recording of original songs. It has aged very well -- with all the energy of live...

"This melancholic, mosaic record . . . shuffles nimbly between extremes of darkness and light the way an Olympic figure skater transitions from twirls and spins to Lutzes and Axles, a suite of fluid, involving instrumentals that draws from...


Yes, this is for real. Experimental guitar wizzard Derek Bailey performs a program of his favorite standards in his own inimitable and energetic style. Inspired and energized by a very special vintage acoustic arch-top guitar, this intriguing solo reco...

Quite literally one of the most original and influential guitarists on the planet, Derek Bailey has completely revolutionized the language of guitar music in the twentieth century. His work has been championed by almost every cutting edge guitarist: Pa...

Previously unreleased recordings, from what is for me Dereks most original and thorniest period as a solo performer.

"Even for a man who always said that he preferred music in a state of flux, these performances' refusal of any of the...

Private recordings of incredible historical importance (practically the holy grail to fans of free improvisation), Pieces for Guitar presents the earliest known solo recordings of guitar innovator Derek Bailey. Dating from 1966 (possibly 1965) these pi...

"In early 2002 Derek Bailey astounded the free music community with his gorgeous album Ballads, a radical and steely interpretation of the standard repertoire. It became an instant classic, hit a dozen best-ten lists and remains his best selling cd of...

Derek's terse, spidery guitarlines lines combine in an improvised session with the avant/artrock/metal/punk of Japan's Ruins. [Tzadik]

"Snaking through unknown musical landscapes, discovering paths and creating new dialects along the way, these two masters have a connection unparalleled in the new avant-garde world, and they celebrated it for the last time at legendary New York...

''Harmolodic noise funk for the 21st century. The godfather of improvisation in a free-wheeling trio with the legendary Philly rhythm section of Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston, friends for over 30 years and veterans of Ornette Coleman's Prime Tim...

Duos for guitar & bass; their first recording together in duo. ''Baileys sound is out there, endlessly redefining its musical structure...continually recycling tiny exquisite pitch constellations with Webernian finesse.'' [Potlatch]

"New routes in musical exploration are at the heart of drummer Andrew Bain's episodic suite, 'Embodied Hope' - a project with pianist George Colligan, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Michael Janisch.
An influential percussionist and educator based in Birmingham (and a first-call sideman both in the UK and the States), Bain's own research has led him to study a concept which seeks to link improvisation with the increasingly topical issues of human rights, community and social transformation...

Beautiful and mature solo album from Iona's guitarist. Subtle but at times intricate Bainbridge's Celtic influenced music will be a field day for fans of Steve Hackett, Gordon Giltrap and even Lorena McKennitt. He mixes up acoustic and electric guitar ...

"Tzadiks’s newest Spotlight series focuses on exemplary young bands with great dedication, passion, talent and imagination. This third release features the debut recording of Brooklyn-based Aram Bajakian’s newest unit Kef, named for the Armenian dance...

"Aidan Baker's I Wish Too, To Be Absorbed is a 2 disc compilation of tracks from various out-of-print, limited edition releases spanning the last 10 years of Baker's output, ranging from his very first release to material that was featured on the...

This is something a bit different as Dean Baker is known as the main writer for the UK prog band Galahad, but this is purely a synthi album, very much in line with Jean-Michel Jarre and 80s T Dream.

“You could say that the resulting album is paying homage to some of the pioneering synthesizer artists of the 1970s but it is also still very much a Dean Baker vision incorporating modern production values and Dean’s very own musical slant on modern electronic music. “

Duck Baker is a highly regarded fingerstyle guitarist who is well versed in all the traditions one would expect from a 'fingerstyle guitarist'. But he's also a knowledgeable fan of and performer of free music styles and this is his first-ever release in that idiom. This guy is a master.

"I have played free jazz for over forty years and made records for over thirty, so it might seem strange that this is my recording debut in this style. A few bits and pieces have come out here and there; tracks...

"This CD consists entirely of solo fingerstyle guitar renditions of pieces by the legendary Blue Note pianist/composer Herbie Nichols, and as with Nichols' music -- which was nearly always performed in a standard piano/bass/drums trio format -- there...

Duck Baker may be the most versatile acoustic guitarist in the world, recording music that ranges from American primitive-styled music (ala John Fahey) to non-idiomatic free improvisation.

"Featuring: Duck Baker (guitar), Derek Bailey (guitar)..

"I've heard Balestracci's second release, Existences Invisibles. He is a solo artist, playing everything himself; keyboards, drums, percussion, voices and sound effects. How to describe this music? This is the sound of one hand clapping ... this is...

Franck Balestracci (Acoustic & Electric Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Sound Effects & Uncomon Sounds, Deconstructive Voices), Marianne Denoia (Violin), Réginald Trigaux (Guitar), Guy Segers (Bass and Vocals).

"Franck BALESTRACCI's second album.

Traditional Sardinian songs ''from the hills to the sea'' for guitar & voice. [Felmay/New Tone]

Who are the Balkan Playboys? Just the umpteenth artistic metamorphosis of mercurial Nikola Parov, the multi-instrumentalist who over a long career has founded and directed a number of great outfits including Zsaratnok. Parov has always had a clear Idea...

"Norwegian innovator Jon Balke's first-ever solo piano disc! A remarkable `book' of 19 short pieces, grouped into four chapters and an epilogue, of music composed and developed, invented and improvised: exploring a whole vocabulary of ideas, techniques...

"Siwan is a breathtaking new musical project initiated by Jon Balke, with Amina Alaoui, Kheir Eddine M'Kachiche and Jon Hassell fronting a large ensemble that includes a group of early music players. The listener is at first struck by the power of...

Co-produced by The Who’s Pete Townshend and based on the Lifehouse Project by The Who, how can I (or you) resist a electronic/spacey/modern composition that - in addition to the attractive ties to Baba O'Reily - also includes the following 3 pieces: Galax

"Syliphone was the national record company established in 1959 by the government of newly independent Guinea. Syliphone's premier ensemble was the Syli Orchestre National, which included many of the country's best modern instrumentalists -- among them...

This is a reunion album by original members of Il Balletto, the members who made their 1st album Sirio 2222.

Like that album, this has many psychedelic and even 60s rock influences, along with progressive hard rock and early proto-progressive elements.

Loud guitars, a rocking rhythm section and keyboards, along with vocals certainly influenced by 60s groups from beat groups onward and including guest vocals and keyboards by Gianni Leone!

Il Balletto di Bronzo are (rightly) remembered for making YS, one of the truly great 'one and done' albums of the Italian progressive rock movement of the early 1970s. This album consists of the demo tape - a primitive, 4-track recording, but...

New, digi-pack issue made from the tapes, of this well known group's debut album that isn't the one they are famous for, but is still a good one, for what it is.

"That is a plain warning for everyone out there that this 1970 debut by...